Category: modality

CAN (increasing range of adverbs)

Point 173 in the category of MODALITY is defined as: ‘can’ with an increasing range of adverbs (including ‘easily’, ‘hardly’, ‘now’, ‘probably‘, ‘sometimes’, ‘still’) in the normal mid position after the modal verb or after the subject in questions. When doing a cluster search on iWeb for can_v _r _vvi* ‘hardly’, ‘probably’ or ‘sometimes’ do not […]

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BE more | less likely

Point 169 in the category of MODALITY is defined as: ‘(much) more/less’ to modify ‘likely’ in a comparison. There is overlap with point 63 in ADVERB phrases: types and meanings at C1. degree adverbs (‘slightly’, ‘a bit’, ‘much‘) to modify comparatives A cluster search on iWeb for * * less|more likely * *:   1 […]

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would (habitual past)

B2 point 160 in MODALITY is defined as: ‘would’ to talk about habitual actions and events in the past It formally overlaps A2 point 26 in MODALITY: ‘would’ to talk about imagined situations. Looking in iWeb corpus manually for collocates of ‘every’ ‘time‘ with ‘would’ is 1 in 5 on the usage: ..note, my mom […]

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should (ellipsis)

Point 159 in MODALITY and ELLIPSIS is defined as: ‘should’ and ‘shouldn’t’ without a following verb where the previous main verb is understood *click here for the interactive word tree of this grammar point. A search on iWeb for the cluster: * * * * should . B1 vocabulary: familiar, seriously, B2: efficiently function 1 […]

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